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Monday, July 2, 2012

ISN...Interactive Science Notebooks! good friend and coworker Toni Polkey and I have really been working a lot this summer coming up with what we hope is a FABULOUS system for using the ISN...Interactive Science Notebook for me and ISSN....Interactive Social Studies Notebook for her. After scouring the internet....reading blogs, pinning ideas, and streamlining the various power points, flip charts, and SMART resources we found....we finally have a system that, when we both implement it in each of our classes, is sure to bring some organizational serenity to our 150+ 6th graders...and us, too!

We really had a time with deciphering the whole RIGHT BRIAN/LEFT BRAIN theory. Some teachers use the notebooks OPPOSITE of what the theory says. So, after researching Roger Sperry and other psychological explanations we decided to go with what was outlined here: 

How Right-Brain vs. Left-Brain Thinking Impacts Learning

Our notebooks will focus on the LEFT side being the teacher or LEARNING side and the RIGHT side being the student or REFLECTION side. Of course, the REFLECTION side will be all student created...I really can't wait to see what they do! Toni and I are both SUPER DUPER excited about doing this! 

This POWER POINT outlines how they will use it in my Science class. 

Go ahead and check it out....after all it is SCIENCE DIVA CERTIFIED!

PS....Toni and I realized that she is more LEFT BRAIN and I am more RIGHT BRAIN...Guess we make up a WHOLE BRAIN when we THINK together! :)


  1. I like your viewpoint on the left versus right side. Also, I like having the right side being a homework activity and having the students review their learning!

    Fifth Grade Dugout

  2. I loved reading this, thank you!!

  3. This is awesome! I was looking for a better way to organize notes AND have students reflect more on what they've learned. Thanks!

  4. I'm very excited to use this....can't wait to post pics of student work!

  5. I've heard of this IN Science layout, but in reverse. Having read your left brain-right brain info, this makes so much more sense. In your opinion, is this type of notebook a bit over-the-heads of 4th grade level learning? Or, do you think I could be successful with it for that age?